The Characteristics of Selakan Island Earthenware in the Production of Lapohan
Pencirian Earthenware Pulau Selakan dalam Penghasilan Produk Lapohan
Malaysia's traditional ceramic industry has been declining in terms of both its existence and its operational status. Since the Lapohan ceramic industry in Selakan Island is the only one of its kind still operating in Sabah, this study was carried out to investigate the uniqueness and quality of the earthenware clay found on this island. This paper describes the characteristics and nature of the Lapohan clay product's soil shrinkage level and soil content (the Lapohan was produced by mixing sand and seawater). Technical aspects of ceramics are discussed, as are the laboratory test results. The laboratory test reveals the percentage of moisture in the soil, as well as the organic and natural mineral content. The findings were also compared to those of an earthenware ceramic sample that had been burned at 1200°C. This paper concludes that the island community demonstrates creativity by producing high-quality traditional-made ceramic products using only natural resources from their surroundings.
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